GMC’s Hummer EV pickup and SUV ‘to move like a crab’

April 07, 2021

General Motors opens the order book for the all-new electric Hummer, which will be offered as a pickup and an SUV. The new Hummer promises great off-road capabilities, thanks to the considerable height adjustment and the Crab Walk, enabling the car also to move laterally. Like its predecessor, this version is heavy, lacking in streamlining, […]

Volvo Cars: best first quarter in history

April 07, 2021

Volvo Cars reported the best first quarter in its history. The company’s global sales increased by 40,8% compared to the same period last year. For March, Volvo Cars sold 75 315 cars globally, up 62,3% compared with the same month last year. Total sales during the period amounted to 185 698 cars, up from 131 […]

Mercedes reveals details of EQS and thinks about an EQG

April 07, 2021

While the official world première of Mercedes’ EQS flagship is in a week, Mercedes has already revealed some key technical data. At the same time, there are signs that Mercedes-Benz is working on a pure electric G-Class. Daimler has already started battery assembly for the EQS at the end of March. Recently it published photos […]

Cologne orders another 51 articulated e-buses from VDL

April 06, 2021

Cologne’s public transport company KVB has ordered another 51 VDL Citeas SLFA-181 Electric articulated buses to be delivered in 2022. This will bring the electric VDL fleet of the German city to 113 vehicles. That’s more than the largest VDL Citeas Electric fleet in operation today, in and around Amsterdam. VDL Citeas are deliverable in […]

BMW CEO no fan (yet) of dedicated EV platforms

April 06, 2021

Recently, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse gave a series of boardroom interviews entitled “Delivering Net Zero”. He told the news agency Reuters, for example, that he’s no big fan of dedicated EV platforms and that BMW is ready to compete with Tesla. Meanwhile, he stresses that BMW doesn’t lag when it comes to energy transition and […]

Cable cars, Wallonia’s new public transport?

April 06, 2021

Cable cars, a common sight on the ski slopes, were also regular tourist transport solutions and attractions in many Walloon cities during the 20th century. Today, the technology is making a comeback in Huy and Namur, mostly for tourism, but Liège plans to include a new cable car route in its public transport offer. In […]

Tesla breaks delivery record despite corona

April 06, 2021

Tesla has delivered more cars in the first quarter of 2021 than ever before: 184 800 compared to the previous record in Q4, 180 570 cars. And this despite the corona pandemic and global chip shortage. Most of these, 182 780, are Model 3 and Model Y, and only 2 020 Model S and Model […]

Kia EV6 officially launched (update)

April 06, 2021

Last week, the new electric flagship of South-Korean car manufacturer Kia was officially launched. The EV6 wants to symbolize the new brand strategy and is the first electric Kia on the dedicated E-GMP platform. Earlier, we already gave you information about the new philosophy behind the car and a grand overlook of its design features. […]

France: sale of ‘hybrids’ overtakes diesel

April 02, 2021

According to data analysis bureau AAA Data, registrations of new hybrid cars in France have increased during March. They’re up to 24% compared to 23% for diesel. Electric car sales continue upward compared to previous years, accounting for 9% of registrations of a binary market mostly made of hatchbacks and SUVs. Compared to last year’s […]

Hyundai’s Californian dream: Genesis Concept X

April 02, 2021

Covid-19 can slow down the car industry, but it can’t stop the show cars. At the rooftop of a private building in Los Angeles – and, of course, not a motor show – Hyundai pulled out the spotlights for its Genesis Concept X. A stunning GT with electric drive and some of the most gracious […]

Mercedes-AMG reveals electrification strategy

April 01, 2021

Mercedes-AMG has officially announced the details of its electrification strategy. Mercedes’ sporty daughter will launch performance hybrids and battery-electric derivatives. They will be based on the new Mercedes Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) for luxury cars. AMG’s first electrified road models should come on the market later this year. According to AMG, the drive strategy will […]

New cycling map for the province of Flemish Brabant

March 31, 2021

The new cycling map for the province of Flemish Brabant has been officially presented. That happened on Tuesday in Halle, where one of the two new cycle routes accessible to people with reduced mobility is situated. The result on this new map “is a cycling network with 150 kilometers of additional paths, 80 kilometers improved, […]

LFZ concept foreshadows Lexus’ electric future

March 31, 2021

Lexus shifts one gear higher in its strategy for electric cars. With the UX300e, the  Japanese luxury brand already has one electric model up its sleeves, but the concept LFZ is a whole different animal. It’s a 4,88-meter-long cross-over, with a far-reaching styling that discerns itself from the UX since it has been built around […]

Ford Mondeo will disappear next year

March 30, 2021

Ford of Europe’s electrification program will make long-time icon Mondeo disappear at the beginning of next year. The Galaxy and S-Max MPVs will stay in production. Of course, the fact that Ford needs production capacity in its Valencia plant for new electrified engines is not the main reason for Mondeo’s demise. The so-called D-segment sedan […]

Humble Motors ‘solar SUV’ concept with 500 mile range

March 30, 2021

Another Californian electric car start-up, Humble Motors, has presented its concept of a battery-electric SUV equipped with 7,5 square meters of integrated solar panels in the roof and side windows. These won’t get you the 500 miles (800 km) far, the developers promise but can offer you a free ten to 60 miles (97 km) […]

Mercedes EQS has ‘hyperscreen’ dashboard

March 30, 2021

German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz published the first details and photos of the interior of its electric luxury sedan EQS. The world premiere of the model will take place on 15 April, but Mercedes is already giving a preview of the ‘hyperscreen’ integrated into the cockpit. The most striking element is undoubtedly the ‘MBUX Hyperscreen’, the […]

Peugeot’s new 308 will also be an EV (Update)

March 29, 2021

Two weeks ago, Peugeot launched the brand-new 308. The car will first be available with conventional ICE engines and in an electrified form in two PHEV power variations. Recently, the full EV has also been confirmed. The 308 is one of the bestsellers in the compact C-segment and has already been sold more than 7 […]

Renault overhauls commercial vehicle range

March 26, 2021

In the wake of the Renaulution plan, CEO Luca de Meo’s sweeping stratagem for a turnaround at the brand, Renault is also uplifting and reviewing its commercial vehicle branch. As part of its energy transition, it is expanding and will focus more on greener technology, even including hydrogen propulsion. Mark Sutcliffe, Senior Vice President LCV […]

Tesla has more than 6 000 superchargers in Europe

March 26, 2021

Electric car manufacturer Tesla now has more than 6 000 superchargers all over Europe. They’re clustered in 601 locations in 27 European countries. Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk draws the attention once again, clashing with the American National Labor Relations Board and the German TV station ZDF. The first supercharger was installed by Tesla in Norway […]

Tesla now officially accepts Bitcoins as payment in US

March 25, 2021

CEO Elon Musk announced it on Twitter. The Californian electric carmaker will now accept Bitcoins as a form of payment to purchase a new Tesla car. As was the case when Musk broke the news about Tesla purchasing $1,5 billion worth of Bitcoins last month, the cryptocurrency rose. This time, it gained 3,8% to $56 […]

Nissan to stay in Formula E until 2026

March 25, 2021

Nissan confirms its participation in Formula E and immediately commits to a continued presence in the discipline until the end of the twelfth season (2025-2026). This participation is part of a clear strategy for the long-term of becoming completely CO2 neutral by 2050. Nissan just confirmed that it would remain active in the European market […]

Toyota blows hot and cold on EVs (bis)

March 25, 2021

Toyota’s director of Energy & Environmental Research, Robert Wimmer, has pointed out before the American Senate “the tremendous challenges” that are awaiting us when we go too fast in the energy transition. Simultaneously, the leaving CEO of Toyota Europe, Johan van Zyl, is declaring that the company will launch “at least ten fully electric vehicles […]

MIVB/STIB’s passengers more satisfied, De Lijn’s less

March 25, 2021

Less than 59% of passengers give the Flemish public bus company De Lijn an overall score of at least 7 out of 10. That is the conclusion of the satisfaction figures for De Lijn in 2020 measured by research bureau Ipsos. The figures are even lower than the low point of 2018. MIVB/STIB passengers, on […]

‘Wind farms to shut down once in four weekends in summer’

March 24, 2021

The combined energy production of nuclear power plants, solar panels, and wind farms leads to an electricity surplus and lower or even negative energy prices. Wind farms risk being shut down this summer on one out of four weekends. According to Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), this shows the energy market needs more […]

Audi starts production of Q4 e-tron in Zwickau

March 24, 2021

Audi’s electric offensive is picking up steam. Just shortly after the launch of the GT e-tron, the company announces the production start in Zwickau of their compact electric SUV, the Q4 e-tron. With assembly now up and running, the company is on a full schedule for the mid-April global unveiling set. The car will be […]

Which Europeans are most interested in EVs?

March 24, 2021

Practically everybody agrees that the car market is reaching a turning point and that the energy transition is near. But which European citizens are most interested in EVs? The English company Click4Reg, a private plates supplier, tried to find out by sourcing search data on Ahrefs.com across Europe. It may come as no great surprise […]

Geely to launch new EV premium brand Zeekr (Update)

March 24, 2021

Geely, the Chinese car manufacturing group, has now confirmed that it is planning a new brand called Zeekr to be positioned in the premium segment and to compete with, for example, Tesla. The plan is to launch the brand under Geely’s planned subsidiary Lingling Technologies. It has been public since mid-February that Geely wants to […]

Seat wants to build 500 000 EVs per year

March 23, 2021

Seat announced that at its annual press conference, it wants to produce 500 000 EVs per year in Spain from 2025 onward for its own label and other Volkswagen Group brands. The Spanish VW daughter announced the target and the reveal of its own new ‘urban electric vehicle’, a tiny EV that currently only exists […]

MD LeasePlan Belgium: ‘We’re at a crucial tipping point regarding EVs’

March 22, 2021

Recently, car leasing company LeasePlan published its yearly ‘Mobility Insight Report’. According to Johan Portier, Managing Director of LeasePlan Belgium, the most striking result is that some 55% of the Belgians consider switching to electricity when buying a new car. “We are at a crucial tipping point regarding electric driving,” he says. We had a […]

Alstom tours Flemish cities with Aptis e-bus

March 22, 2021

French rolling stock giant Alstom is touring Flemish cities in a charming offensive for its Aptis city e-bus. This 12-meter bus, with a capacity of 100 passengers, is fully electric, featuring large glass surfaces for better viewing, an electric entry platform for the disabled, and takes up 25% less space on street curves due to […]

Ford’s Mustang Mach E has persuasive power

March 22, 2021

In June last year, we talked to you about the advent of a new pure electric car from Ford, the Mustang Mach E. Meanwhile, Ford has launched a sportier GT version of this car (to better cope with the Mustang aura?), and the ‘normal’ Mustang Mach E has arrived in the showrooms. We were able […]

Belgian Ydra launches limited Folon edition e-scooter

March 19, 2021

Belgian electric scooter manufacturer, Ydra, launches a limited edition of its Retro range dedicated to the internationally renowned Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon. Limited to 50 units, the e-scooter is draped in a special paint scheme inspired by the artist’s 1972 ‘Double Vue’ piece. Alongside celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Foundation Folon, Belgian electric scooter […]

Total opens first ‘bio-CNG’ filling station in Wallonia

March 18, 2021

This Wednesday, petroleum giant Total has opened in Jambes its first ‘bio-CNG’ filling station in Wallonia. Actually, the fuel coming out of the nozzle today is no different than regular CNG. Total compensates every kilogram with a certificate of origin it buys in the Netherlands or France as an equivalent to biogas, until it finds […]

Segway launches affordable e-scooters and e-moped

March 18, 2021

Segway, the producer of electric mobility solutions, launches three e-scooters and a moped. According to the company, they are affordable yet foreseen with the newest connectivity technologies. Notable features are a color LED-screen and the fact that one can easily operate them by smartphone. Segway now offers eBrommers (mopeds) and eScooters, and the starting price […]

BMW gives more details about new iX flagship

March 17, 2021

On the same day as their annual conference, BMW has given more details and the prices for their new flagship, the all-electric SUV iX. At the market introduction end of this year, clients will be able to choose between an iX xDrive40 and an iX xDrive50. They don’t like to call their products at BMW […]

Chinese MG launches two more electric models

March 17, 2021

MG has been active in the European market for two years today. It started with the MG ZS, a compact SUV, and the manufacturer indicates that two more electric models will be launched in 2021: the Marvel R Electric and the MG5 Electric. MG is currently present on the Belgian market with two models. The […]

Dacia Spring most affordable EV at €16 990

March 17, 2021

French carmaker Renault has revealed the base price for what was announced to become the ‘most affordable EV on the market’, the Dacia Spring. In Belgium, this EV will be offered to start at 16 990 euros, VAT included. Pre-ordering starts on April 15th, with the first deliveries in autumn of this year. A business […]

BMW looks into the future and shows new i4

March 17, 2021

At the BMW Group’s annual conference, CEO Oliver Zipse started his keynote speech with his view from a long-term perspective, assembled in five beliefs. At the same time, the production version of the i4 has been revealed. “At BMW, our decisions are based on a long-term perspective,” said Zipse. “That makes anticipating how the world […]

New car sales in EU down again with 19,3% in February

March 17, 2021

The corona pandemic keeps weighing heavily on new car sales in Europe, with figures down again with 19,3% in February. According to the European car manufacturers federation ACEA’s latest figures, the first two months of 2021 showed a -21,7% decline compared to last year. The only two markets with positive numbers are Sweden (+12,8%) and […]

‘Power Day’: VW to build six battery gigafactories

March 16, 2021

Yesterday, the Volkswagen Group presented its technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030 today on its first s-called ‘Power Day’. It wants six gigafactories of battery cells before 2030, totaling 240 GWh. The roadmap’s goal is to significantly reduce the battery’s complexity and cost to make the electric car attractive and viable for […]

EU updates tire labels

March 16, 2021

Europe has updated its tire labels for a clearer alternative to help clients opt for safer and more effective tires. The new tag uses five classes, indicates the tire’s sound level, and notes if the tire is adapted for driving on snow or ice. For the first time, the label will be applied to tires […]

Opel electrifies Manta icon

March 16, 2021

Opel seems to be electrifying its cult model Manta. The German carmaker has provided a first preview of the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD, a purely electric reinterpretation of the 1970 original. It remains unclear whether the electric Manta will remain a one-off or actually go into production. Opel has only published a computer-generated image and […]

Whole Peugeot’s model range electric by 2023

March 15, 2021

Peugeot is adjusting its plans in the electrification of its models. By 2023 every model in the range will be electrified. The reason is twofold: the arrival of Fiat in the Stellantis group changes the balance. On the other hand, the demographic future – with five billion people living in an urban environment by 2040 […]

Kia’s upcoming EV6 showcases seducing new brand design

March 15, 2021

On Monday, Kia disclosed its first fully electric car EV6’s design details, designed as such on the new E-GMP platform. It’s a milestone for the South Korean carmaker’s future models, featuring a new sleek design for the brand’s future. And one has to admit it’s quite appealing. Although technical details are yet to be unveiled […]

BMW Group accelerates renewable strategy

March 15, 2021

The BMW Group already said recently that it would accelerate its strategy into electrification and becoming a renewable manufacturer. This week, it will probably announce that BMW goes for cars that are entirely recyclable from 2025 onward and that Mini will be fully electric in 2030. Next Wednesday, the BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse will […]

New markets and a surprising bin bike arise for Polestar

March 12, 2021

Building up a new car brand from scratch usually is a path full of hurdles. Polestar is no exception to the rule. But the company tries to compensate for setbacks by expanding business and collaboration possibilities. At the same time, Polestar unveiled a three-wheeled ‘sled’ built for zero-emission last-mile delivery in urban areas. A visionary […]

BMW optimistic about 2021

March 12, 2021

BMW reckons that the new positive momentum that was already visible in the second half of last year will continue in 2021. The pandemic has caused a 23% fall in net benefit in 2020. This resulted in €3,9 billion instead of €5 billion in 2019. Total turnover went down 5% to €99 billion. The benefit […]

Ford Trucks comes to Belgium and opens first truck webshop

March 11, 2021

Ford Trucks, a joint venture between the American Ford concern and its Turkish partner Koç, is coming to Belgium. This year, Ford Trucks wants to open five dealerships spread over the country and a webshop for trucks. The first one in Belgium. The brand’s ambition is to conquer about 5% market share within the first […]

BMW and Daimler to sell Park Now to Swedish Easypark

March 10, 2021

This Tuesday, BMW and Daimler announced that their Park Now joint venture, specialized in digital parking solutions, is set to be acquired by Swedish group Easypark. No amount has been disclosed, and the transaction is subject to prior approval by relevant authorities. Still in the BMW and Daimler joint venture portfolio, Free Now is joining […]

ZF goes for 800-Volt EV technology

March 10, 2021

German automotive supplier ZF sees an important future for 800V technology in electric vehicles. Initially, this would mainly concern premium products that can be charged more quickly and are, therefore, easier to use for longer distances. ZF hopes that 800 V will become the standard by 2026 in the premium EV segment and for sports […]

Audi Q4 e-tron features interior with augmented reality

March 10, 2021

Still wrapped in camouflage, awaiting its full unveiling in April, Audi has released detailed info about the interior of its brand-new Q4 e-tron. It will offer an augmented reality head-up display, a choice of sustainable materials, and a cargo space nearly as large as that of the Q5. Welcome aboard in Audi’s newest addition to […]

Peugeot will not return to the United States for now

March 10, 2021

The French car brand Peugeot will finally not return to the US. It still had a good reputation across the Atlantic, but in the new Stellantis configuration, there are other brands to push more successfully than the brand of the Lion. According to the strategic plan outlined in 2016, the PSA Group CEO, Carlos Tavares, […]

Aston Martin: PHEVs and EVs made in UK

March 09, 2021

Canadian billionaire and Executive Chairman at Aston Martin Lagonda, Lawrence Stroll, has declared to the Financial Times that his company would build an electric SUV in Wales and an EV sports car in England by 2025. In the meantime, a hybrid version of the DBX should appear at the end of this year, to be […]

Aramis buys CarSupermarket.com

March 09, 2021

Second-hand car platform Aramis Auto, controlled by Stellantis, has introduced itself on the UK market by buying CarSupermarket.com. At the same time, it is thinking of going IPO. Aramis has taken a majority share in MotorDepot Ltd., the mother company of CarSupermarket.com. The latter is considered to be ‘the British pioneer of second-hand car sales’. […]

Porsche increases stake in Rimac and considers IPO

March 09, 2021

Porsche increases its stake in the Croatian electric technology and sports car company Rimac Automobili from 15,5 to 24%. At the same time, rumors heighten Porsche’s thinking of an initial public offering (IPO). In 2018, the German luxury carmaker took a 10% stake in Rimac and increased its holding to 15,5% a little over a […]

Kia teases next generation EV6 crossover

March 09, 2021

Korean car manufacturer Kia has released a teaser video, announcing the EV6, the first of the next generation of electric cars from the company. The EV6 will be built on the new dedicated Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) it shares with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. The teaser images show a sleek 4-door crossover, incorporating the Imagin Concept’s […]

Honda to launch Legend Hybrid EX with level 3 autonomy

March 08, 2021

Honda is the first manufacturer to homologate and market with the Legend Hybrid EX, a car that can drive autonomously at Level 3. Honda’s Traffic Jam Pilot’ is a Level 3 function, which means that the car can drive ‘eyes off’ on the motorway under certain predefined conditions. Under the current five-level autonomous driving classification, […]

VW ‘accelerates’: 70% of sales must be EV in 2030

March 08, 2021

The Volkswagen brand has presented its ‘Accelerate’ strategy that should speed up its electric plans. Spain will be one of the key factors in this plan to produce EVs and (jointly) produce batteries. Volkswagen’s target is to increase the share of fully electric cars. Sales in Europe should rise to over 70% by 2030. This […]

Infrabel first rail manager in Europe to install ‘green’ cross ties

March 08, 2021

On Saturday, rail manager Infrabel installed the first ‘green’ – in both senses of the word – cross ties in Europe. The literary green cross ties used currently in Puurs are made from sulfur concrete, which is a solid and environmentally friendly construction material. Sulfur concrete is resistant to some compounds like acids, which attack […]

New car sales shrink, second-hand market holds

March 08, 2021

For February, the Belgian sales figures are once again disappointing, with a drop of more than -21% compared to the same period last year. Sales of second-hand vehicles are holding up, and there is a clear shift to older vehicles, mainly by private individuals, figures from car service federation Traxio reveal. This trend is not […]